Best 9 to 10 Inch Tablets

If you are looking for a tablet with a bigger display than those of the 7 and 8 inch versions, then those with 9 to 10 inch screens might be perfect for you. These models handle all the same tasks like browsing the web, playing games, using apps, and consuming media, but make it a much more enjoyable viewing experience without straining your eyes. These larger varieties also make working on a tablet much easier as well. There are also even larger tablets available if interested.

Some of the disadvantages compared to the smaller devices include: more expensive, heavier to hold for long periods of time, and not quite as portable – although still more portable than a laptop.

Prices for the larger tablets range from about $175 up to $700. Buyers should note that the prices we list are for the cheapest option of that model available – you will have to pay more for things like more storage or cellular 4G data. Again there is a lot of options depending on if you want a cheap budget tablet or want one with a beautiful display and top-tier performance. One spec you might really look for is pixels per inch, or PPI, which tells how good your display will look – the higher the better.

Below you will find our picks and reviews for the best 9-inch to 10-inch tablets including models with Android, iOS, and Windows operating systems. We tried to focus on the latest releases from each brand from within the past year.


9.4
#1)

Apple iPad Air 2

Estimated Price: $499
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 9.7, 2048 x 1536, 264
Weight, Size (in): 0.96 lbs, 9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24
Operating System: iOS 8.1
Processor, RAM: Apple A8X Triple Core 1.5 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16, 64, or 128 GB
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 9.375 hrs

Our pick for the best 10-inch tablet is the Apple iPad Air 2. It is still one of the thinnest and lightest 10 inch models available and combines amazing performance with a beautiful display. One nice security improvement is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The only real downside is price – it is one of the most expensive on our list, so if you want a cheaper option or an Android tablet you should look at other choices.


9.3
#2)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Estimated Price: $499
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 9.7, 2048 x 1536, 264
Weight, Size (in): 0.85 lbs, 9.34 x 6.65 x 0.22
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Exynos 7 Octacore 1.9GHz, 3 GB
Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 7.6 hrs

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet you can buy. We feel it is the best 10-inch android tablet especially thanks to its brilliantly beautiful AMOLED display which also happens to be the brightest one available. The performance is outstanding – on par with the iPad Air 2 and as good or better than any other Android device. However, the one main drawback is its battery life that averages under 8 hours.


9.2
#3)

Google Nexus 9

Estimated Price: $399.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8.9, 2048 x 1536, 281
Weight, Size (in): 0.94 lbs, 8.98 x 6.05 x 0.31
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Nvidia Tegra K1 2.3 GHZ Denver, 2 GB
Internal Storage:
Expandable Storage: No
Average Battery Life*: 9.125 hrs

Released in November of 2014, the Google Nexus 9 is our pick for the best 9-inch tablet. It has the latest Nvidia processor, a nice display with 281 ppi, and comes with Andoid 5.0. The one lowlight is the lack of an expansion card slot just like the Nexus 7. Overall, though, we feel the Nexus 9 is a really good value at its price point of $400.


9.1
#4)

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Estimated Price: $619
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 10.1, 2560 x 1600, 299
Weight, Size (in): 0.86 lbs, 10 x 6.57 x 0.24
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Snapdragon 810 Quad-core 2 GHz, 3 GB
Internal Storage: 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 11.375 hrs

Spec-wise the Sony Xperia Z4 can compete with any other slate including the iPad Air 2 or the Galaxy Tab S2 and is arguably the best Android tablet. It has a stunning display with the most ppi of any 10 inch tablet and it is waterproof. The big problem, however, is that the Xperia Z4 is not available direct to the US market yet. You can buy it through secondary sellers on sites like Amazon, but the price is very high. Also, although Sony claims over 15 hours of battery life, many real-world tests came in around 8 hours and under.


9
#5)

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)

Estimated Price: $379
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 8.9, 2560 x 1600, 339
Weight, Size (in): 0.82 lbs, 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.31
Operating System: Fire OS 3.0
Processor, RAM: Snapdragon 805 Quad-core 2.5 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB
Expandable Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Average Battery Life*: 11.125 hrs

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 got upgraded in October of 2014. It now boasts the highest PPI screen you can find in a 9 or 10 inch tablet with 339 pixels per inch. It also is the lightest and has above average battery life. If you consume a lot of media, or if you belong to the Amazon Prime service, then this is great choice for you. As for negatives there is no microSD slot and the apps available are more limited.


8.8
#6)

Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

Estimated Price: $499
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 10.5, 2560 x 1600, 288
Weight, Size (in): 1.32 lbs, 9.58 x 7.69 x 0.24
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-core 2.3 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 512 GB
Average Battery Life*: 7 hrs

The Dell Venue 10 7000 Series is a good, but not great slate that features a bold design with a cylindrical bulge on one end that can attach a keyboard. The display is high-res and sharp, but unfortunately it is not very bright. The overall performance is just decent and the battery life is well below average. For a price that is the same as the top tier models, it just doesn’t quite measure up in terms of value.


8.7
#7)

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

Estimated Price: $179
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 10.1, 1920 x 1200, 218
Weight, Size (in): 1.12 lbs, 9.72 x 6.73 x 0.35
Operating System: Android 4.4
Processor, RAM: Quad-core 1.7 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 64 GB
Average Battery Life*: 13.5 hrs

With a price of just $179 we believe the best cheap 10-inch tablet is the Lenovo Tab 2 A10. None of the components inside the Tab 2 A10 are going to wow you, but you won’t find better performance or display on a cheaper model. The biggest plus of this unit is the superior battery life of over 13 hours. If you are looking for a budget 10-inch Android tablet then this is the perfect choice for you.


8.6
#8)

Amazon Fire HD 10

Estimated Price: $229.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 10.1, 1280 x 800, 149
Weight, Size (in): 0.95 lbs, 10.31 x 6.26 x 0.3
Operating System: Fire OS 5.0
Processor, RAM: Quad-core 1.5 GHz, 1 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 8.55 hrs

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s low-price 10-inch tablet. It makes finding content easier than ever, especially if you belong to Amazon Prime, but it isn’t the bargain it seems. The display is a low resolution with just 149 ppi. Also the performance is a bit lagging, although when just watching a video it does all right. If you belong to Amazon Prime and just want a tablet to view shows and movies then it is an acceptable choice, but there are better options out there.


8.5
#9)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7

Estimated Price: $297.99
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 9.7, 1024 x 768, 132
Weight, Size (in): 1 lbs, 9.55 x 6.57 x 0.3
Operating System: Android 5.0
Processor, RAM: Quad-core 1.2 GHz, 1.5 or 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 13 hrs

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is Samsung’s newest cheap 10-inch tablet option. The good includes super long battery life of about 13 hours. The bad is the overall performance which is below average. The ugly is its display which has just 132 ppi and leads to images that often look pixelated.


8.4
#10)

Asus Transformer T100 Chi

Estimated Price: $286.42
Display Size (in), Resolution, PPI: 10.1, 1920 x 1200, 224
Weight, Size (in): 1.25 lbs, 10.43 x 6.87 x 0.28
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Processor, RAM: Intel Atom Z3775 Quad-Core 1.46 GHz, 2 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB
Expandable Storage: microSD up to 128 GB
Average Battery Life*: 9 hrs

If you are looking for a Windows 10-inch tablet, then we recommend the Asus Transformer T100 Chi. It won’t blow you away, but it gets the job done for a reasonable price. In this size range and for a decent price it is really difficult to find a Windows model that people seem to like. The Asus Transformer T100 Chi, however, had mostly positive reviews from real users.


* Average Battery Life is determined by averaging numerous real-world battery life tests conducted by different websites and/or organizations.


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